L-Carnitine Benefits And Side Effects
L-Carnitine is an ingredient you’ll see on the label of a ton of supplements out there, but why? You shouldn’t have to just blindly take a supplement without knowing exactly what’s in it and why it’s in there, which is why we have this health library on our website. Here are the three major reasons why so many supplements include L-Carnitine.
- Destruction of Fat Stores
L-Carnitine is the ultimate branched chain amino acid (BCAA) when it comes to burning fat. In fact, it is considered by many to be an absolute necessity because of the role it plays in the fat burning process. Side note: As a general rule of thumb, you may want to avoid weight loss supplements that don’t include L-Carnitine.
Anyways, the reason it is such a vital ingredient is because of the fact that it has the ability to transport fat to where it needs to be in order to be used as a fuel source. To be more specific, fat must be delivered to the mitochondria in order to be used as a fuel source. If it is not brought there, you can’t destroy your fat stores.
L-Carnitine is said to actually prevent fat from entering storage and deliver it to the mitochondria, where it can then be burned off. Therefore, if you are supplementing with proper dosages of L-Carnitine, you should theoretically be able to prevent yourself from gaining any fat while simultaneously increasing the amount of fat you are able to burn.
- Appetite Suppression
As of being the destroyer of fat stores and preventer of fat gain wasn’t enough, L-Carnitine has also been shown in clinical research to be able to help suppress appetite and reduce cravings in certain individuals.
Often times, weight loss supplements contain some fat burning ingredients in addition to some appetite suppressing ingredients. However, it is pretty rare to see that one ingredient is able to accomplish both of these things simultaneously. There are only a select few ingredients that are able to do so, and L-Carnitine is one of them.
Appetite suppression is a major benefit when it comes to weight loss because while exercise can help increase your calorie expenditure, a smaller appetite can help decrease your calorie intake. These things are important because the key to losing weight is that your calorie expenditure be greater than your calorie intake. It’s nearly as simple as that, although that is near impossible to achieve without the help of supplements.
- Increase Muscle Mass
L-Carnitine has been shown to be able to increase your strength during your workouts. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that L-Carnitine increases your muscle mass, it does give you the tools you need to increase muscle mass on your own (strength).
With more strength, you can lift higher amounts of weight, which will ultimately lead to an increase in muscle mass. Lifting more weight and getting more reps with the help of L-Carnitine can build your muscles up. This is great for people who are looking to become more muscular and actually just as helpful for people who are looking to cut weight.
Gaining muscle actually helps you lose fat as well because when you build muscle, it helps to flush fat out in order to create room for the new muscle.
L-Carnitine Side Effects
L-Carnitine side effects are for the most part essentially nonexistent. While it is possible to experience side effects, the vast majority of users do not report any issues since L-Carnitine is an entirely natural substance. Usually, it is the synthetic substances that cause issues whereas the natural ones tend to be entirely safe.
With that said, some people who may be more sensitive to L-Carnitine have reported minor side effects such as heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, and occasionally diarrhea. However, as we discussed before, these side effects are pretty uncommon and usually are associated with extraordinarily high dosages.